Valley Children’s to Host Pediatrics Innovation Startup Demo Day Thursday

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(Madera, California) – Valley Children’s Healthcare, in partnership with The Innovation Lab and RedCrow, an AliraHealth Company, will host the second annual virtual Pediatrics Innovation Startup Demo Day on Thursday, May 19. The virtual gathering will allow participants to hear directly from cutting-edge companies that are advancing products to solve big problems for the smallest patients and their families.


Valley Children’s Pediatrics Innovation Startup Demo Day
Thursday, May 19
10 – 11:30 a.m. PDT
Location: Virtual (registration link here)
No cost to participate


“Valley Children’s exists today because of the innovative thinking of our five founding mothers when, in the late 1940s, they imagined a pediatric hospital for kids right here in the Central Valley,” says Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak. “Imagination, ‘anything is possible’ thinking and perseverance were the hallmarks of innovation then - and they remain a fundamental part of Valley Children’s today.”

During the Demo Day, Valley Children’s will display two ways the network is leveraging innovation to solve pediatric healthcare challenges, as well as a pediatric medical device being developed by Innovation Lab.

In October of 2019, Valley Children’s launched a partnership with The Innovation Institute, a national, independent medical product incubator and healthcare services provider, to spark innovation across the health network. The Institute’s Innovation Lab is staffed with scientists, doctors and commercialization experts who evaluate ideas, build prototypes, protect them, license them and then take them to market directly or through industry partners. Valley Children’s innovation program, known as George’s Idea Lab, operates as part of The Innovation Lab.

A few of the companies to be showcased include:

  • Little Journey
    • Little Journey is an award-winning digital platform designed to support children (and their parents) undergoing healthcare procedures. It psychologically prepares children (aged 3-12 years) and their families before, during and after healthcare interactions, all from the comfort and safety of their home through immersive, gamified content.
  • LovedBy/Nudg
    • Nudg is a data-driven short-form engagement platform for children and adolescents managing a chronic condition. Nudg connects easily to wearable devices like Dexcom’s Continuous Glucose Monitor and personalizes short bursts (nudges) of engaging educational content.
  • NICUtrition®/Astarte Medical
    • Astarte Medical is a precision medicine company using software and predictive analytics to improve health outcomes for vulnerable patients, particularly children. With an initial focus on the tiniest of these patients, preterm infants, we have developed NICUtrition®, a platform that supports feeding protocols, practices and decision-making in the neonatal ICU (NICU) with a suite of digital tools designed to standardize the practice of feeding and optimize nutrition.

To learn more about the Valley Children’s Pediatrics Innovation Startup Demo Day and to register, please visit

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